The Role of Network Governance Models in the Design of Local eHealth Policies
This paper aims to contribute to the rich debate over the obstacles to the diffusion of eHealth technologies by investigating the role of the institutional setting on the success or failure of an IT diffusion policy. This work focuses on the policy network perspective and it is based on the expectation that the internal characteristics of the policy network influence the policy design. The main goal of this paper is to investigate how eHealth policy networks operate and to determine whether a more effective network governance configuration exists that could improve the design and deployment of successful eHealth projects. This work presents a case study of three Italian healthcare networks with different models of network governance: a Region-governed network, an eHealth Local Board-governed network and a Local Health Agencies’ Consortium-governed network. The focus of this investigation is on how the three models of network governance operate and influence the design of strategies to address the main challenges to eHealth implementation that have been identified by scholars and practitioners.
KeywordsPolicy design Policy network Network governance eHealth
The paper is part of the research project “Technology adoption and innovation in public services” (TAIPS). The project is carried out by the Department of Economics, Society and Politics (DESP), University of Urbino, Italy, and funded by Eiburs–EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme.
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